1UP: Why We Play Final Fantasy

The original Final Fantasy debuted 22 years ago this week -- an anniversary that falls alongside the Japanese release of the series' 13th chapter, almost to the day. The long-running RPG juggernaut stands as one in a tiny handful of videogame franchises to have been published steadily for more than two decades. It's even more unusual for the fact that each new installment is guaranteed to sell several million copies around the world.

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